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Jets pull out OT win


WINNIPEG—Mark Scheifele was in a joking mood after setting up the tying goal and then scoring the winner 4:18 into overtime as the Winnipeg Jets topped the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4 last night.

Scheifele was asked how he was feeling about his scoring touch of late, which includes a five-game point streak of five goals and nine assists.

He also has three overtime goals this season, with two of those in the past three games, and 21 goals and 46 points in 33 games.

“I think my fantasy football team is losing right now so a little choked about that,” Scheifele told reporters with a grin amid laughter.

“On the hockey side of things, it's obviously going well,” he added.

“But I play with some pretty special players and play on a pretty special team, so I'm just lucky to pop them in when I can.”

Winnipeg's third-straight overtime victory extended its win streak to a season-high five games.

It also put the team in a tie for second in the NHL with the Calgary Flames and tops in the Western Conference.

Scheifele finished with two assists while Nikolaj Ehlers had a pair of goals and one assist.

Mathieu Perreault and Brandon Tanev also scored.

Connor Hellebuyck made 43 saves for the Jets, who are 9-1 in their past 10 games.

Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist for the Lightning while Nikita Kucherov, Alex Killorn, and Tyler Johnson also scored.

Andrei Vasilevskiy, in his second game back from a broken foot, stopped 37 shots and picked up an assist on Killorn's goal.

The game-winner was changed to an unassisted goal for Scheifele.

Patrik Laine skated in front of Vasilevskiy and lost the puck when the goalie poke-checked him. Scheifele then swooped in and scored.

“It was a heck of a job by 'Patty' taking that puck hard to the net," said Jets' captain Blake Wheeler. ”And if you leave 'Scheif' alone right there, he's gonna bury it.

“He's playing as well as anyone right now and coming up huge when we need him.”

Tampa Bay (25-7-2) had its win streak snapped at eight.

“I think it was an entertaining game for fans,” Killorn said.

"I know a lot of people were probably watching just because of where we stand in the East and where they stand in the West.

“I thought it was an entertaining game," he added. ”Obviously, a lot of goals being scored.

“We don't want to allow that many but it was a good game.”

Elsewhere in the NHL, Vancouver beat Edmonton 4-2, Calgary dumped St. Louis 7-2, San Jose upended Chicago 7-3, Vegas nipped the N.Y. Rangers 4-3 (OT), Carolina blanked Arizona 3-0, and Buffalo doubled Boston 4-2.

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